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county of san francisco. for more information on the job and how to apply follow the links below. >> hello everybody. i'm san francisco mayor london breed. i'm here at the 911 center with a number of our public safety leaders in the city including director of the department of emergency management, mary ellen carol, dr. grant colfax, our fire chief jeanine nicholson. and chief deputy lizar and we're here just to talk with a
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number of our dispatchers here at the 911 center and i just want to thank the dispatchers and the people who are part of this center because i think what people don't realize is every single day, 24 hours a day, the people who work in this building, they are fielding calls on a regular basis of people that sometimes sadly are experiencing one of the worst times in their lives and they're looking for help. and these folks in this building who show up time and time again for us despite the pandemic, despite everything that's been going on in this city for the past year and a half. they've been here. they are wearing their mask and doing their jobs and they're showing up for san francisco. so i want to that our 911 dispatchers and their hard work and commitment to san francisco. we just heard back from a number of things they, of course, want to see change and
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they want the public to be aware that when they call and you call 911, they hear a lot of calls and they know what is available and what's important for everyone to know is i know folks are asking i want a paramedic or a want a police officer or i want the street crisis response team. well, ultimately, they need to understand what is going on in the scene to the best of their ability. and they are able to make decisions baseded on what they hear from you. ultimately, it's about public safety and they can't just send anyone into any situation without making sure that they understand what's going on and often times our police department are the first line of defense around issues that involve public safety and when you're able to dig a little bit deeper sometimes, they recommend the street crisis response team or a paramedic. ultimately, the men and women who work here every single day,
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they've heard a huge range of things and they as far as i'm concerned are the experts and the best judge of what is most appropriate to send when you call 911. so trust them. many of them have been working here for 10, over 20 years and have heard a number of calls from a number of people and so we are here to express our pre-for their hard work and ask the people of san francisco when you call 911, please respect and trust our dispatchers. today, we're also celebrating one year of our street crisis response team and so i know simon peng and others are here with us and the behavioral health teams from the department of public health, i mean this was what some considereded a crazy idea bringing all these city agencies together to respond to
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the crisis that sometimes people are having on our streets. and the fact is there's not a one-size-fits-all. there are people suffering from schizophrenia. there are people who suffer from behavioral health issues and substance use disorder and it's complicated and sometimes people are violent, sometimes they're not. i went on a ride with the street crisis response team and, you know, it took about an hour to even get to a point where we could actually get that person over to general hospital. we had to unfortunately do a 72-hour hold, 51-50 that individual because of their behavior and even if they didn't have a weapon and weren't going to harm themselves, going in and out of traffic where a car could potentially hit them or that person in the car who hits them could be harmed themselves with a real problem and so they have to use their own expertise,
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their own judgment to decide what is best for the individual they are trying to serve. and this program came about in trying to find a nonpolice response to things that don't require a police response. we have a lot of challenges in san francisco and we truly appreciate and value our police department and the work that they do to serve and protect the people of this city. but we also understand that there are some calls that they are not necessarily needed and so my preference is that when the dispatchers get the call, they make the decision sometimes for there to be the street crisis response team or a police officer or a paramedic depending on the situation. and so this program has been in existence for years. they've answered thousands of calls. they helped divert people to some of our behavioral health beds which you all know. we have expanded significantly
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and there's a commitment from this past year's budget to increase the number of beds by an additional 400. we're already over 200 additional behavioral health beds and we plan to do more. the goal is to make sure that when we engage with members of the public who are struggling and having challenges, behavioral health related issues, we are able to have a place for them to go and sometimes that's not always the emergency room. so we know there are complex problems and complex solutions and other challenges that our city as a major, as a major city, that's a very dense city, we know there are problems and challenges we have to face, but i've got to say, i'm so very proud and grateful to all of our public safety officials who are doing the work on the ground to try and keep people safe. i'm grateful to them for showing up and despite dealing with some of the most
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challenging of circumstances every single day, they still show up. so when you see our firefighters, our police officers, our paramedics, anyone wearing a city uniform in any way, just give them a smile and thank them for their service because they are doing the hard work day in and day out to deal with the challenges that exist in this city. so thank you again everyone for being here. we celebrate and we're grateful to our street crisis response team. we're grateful to our police officers and our firefighters and our department of public health officials, our doctors, our nurses, our clinicians. all of the people who were extraordinary and helped us through this pandemic. we are so fortunate to have so many extraordinary public servants in this city. and now, with that i'd like to introduce the director of the
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department of emergency management mary ellen carol. >> thank you mayor breed. i really appreciate the fact that you took time to come in today. we got some feedback on the implementation of the skirt teams and some of the other teams and we're super grateful for that. i just want to thank my colleagues, dr. colfax, chief nicholson, of course, deputy chief lizar for your support and commitment to developing alternatives for people in crisis. the role of emergency management is to provide coordination and there is no significant crisis than what we see of the the tragedy happening on our streets.
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this includes overseeing multi-department operations. we need to unify all of these different groups to figure out are we doing this most efficiently. are we getting the results that we need and ultimately our goal is to improve the conditions on the streets and the sidewalks and our conditions. just to reiterate, we have increasingly more resources at our disposal to aid people working on the streets. again, to echo the mayor, we need to trust their expertise. please do not hesitate to call 911 or a nonemergency if there's an emergency and provide the information that these trained professionals are asking for. they care deeply about this city and they want to get the
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information out and the help out and their frustrations they indicated is they're going to have to get into these arguments to call in to get the information. we want to get the help to the persona needs it as quickly as possible. and so that starts with calling 911 and responding to the prompt so we can get that help out quickly. the emergency management side of d.m., we are drawing on our experiences. the development of all the relationships that we've had and the expertise that we developed to help our department partners here really effectively utilize the resources and work towards those common goals and outcomes. san francisco is a leader in developing and implementing
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ultimate response teams for people in crisis. and we at the department of emergency management are honoreded to be able to help coordinate these efforts and bring our best outcomes for the people of san francisco. right now, are i'd like to introduce my colleague, dr. colfax, the leader of the department of public health. >> good morning everybody. thank you director carol. hi, everyone. it's great to be with you here today and i want to thank mayor breed for her tremendous leadership. san francisco is fundamentally changing how we serve people in crisis and leading the nation on how we respond to health care needs with health care response. and thank you, mayor breed and partners for helping us do this. i want to thank director carol and the 911 dispatchers to ensure they apply the most
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appropriate and compassionate response is provided to people in need and this includes people experiencing nonviolent mental health or substance use disorders to the best response the street crisis response team. our community paramedics, mental health with lived experience together have a range of specialty skills to engage in crisis and address a person's immediate needs for care, treatment, and shelter. skirt is truly a collaboration. as you know, staffing comes from the department of public health and, of course, fire as well as our wonderful community partners health right 360 and rams. and the first year, skirt responded to over 5,000 calls. those 5,000 calls in emergency visits a decrease in ambulance rides and a decrease in law enforcement responding to
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nonviolent calls and most importantly, an opportunity to connect san franciscans with those most appropriate services. skirt is supported by a dedicated followup team within 24 hours of the initial encounter. nearly a third of all people are successfully reengaged with followup care such as being connected to a provider or treatment facility. this is really about meeting people where they are and tailoring our response. if you have a person on the street in a skriesz, even the skirt team to wrap around that person, that's an important step. you don't want to crowd that person. so the pier counselor will go out and engage that person one on one saying i've been here before. i have that lived experience. how do i share my experience and engage the broader team. they can transport that person to places like humming bird, our low barrier care. that low barrier care.
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getting that person off the street, linking them to care. skirt is part of our larger effort to bring our response to the community. our community based teams like skirt and overdose response team are removing access to care, treatment, and services. and i want to make one more plug, if you see someone in crisis, please call 911 to describe what you are seeing and somebody will be there. now, it's my pleasure to introduce a great leader, partner, and collaborator in this response, chief nicholson. thank you. >> thanks, dr. colfax. yes, i just want to say thank you, mayor breed for trusting us in the fire department to take on this critical role with the department of public health and others. as you may have heard, street crisis response team, we also call it "skirt." i want to give a shout out to some of the people here on the
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street crisis response team. we have a community paramedic that has more training than a regular paramedic. they're trained in de-escalation. they can redirect people to other services and a mental health professional from public health and as dr. colfax said, a peer support person. in terms of the 5,000 calls we have gone on and of the folks we have gone out to help, 40% of them have accepted help and transport to a psychiatric facility. that does not include people that we have had to 51-50. but this is an extremely successful program. we're working out all the
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creaks. but we look forward to it. chief simon peng, if you have any specific questions, he is here as well. thank you all for being here today and, again, a big shout out to our street crisis response team and i would like to introduce our partner of safety, deft chief lazar. >> thank you, chief nicholson. what else can be said? first on behalf of chief scott and the entire san francisco police department, i want to thank our mayor london breed who back in 2020 was looking at policing and looking at the role of police. and really, it was her vision that said, you know, we need to take this important issue of helping and assisting the
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mentally ill more away from the police and more towards professionals who are trained and go to school and are prepared to deal with the challenges on our streets and that's involved to what we see today. we have a lot to celebrate in one year and as you can hear, that's 5,300 calls to police who are sometimes there, but we're not there to do the intervention and to help people. and so that is a lot to be unlike other cities in america, the police and fire like each other and we're friends with each other and and maintains the building. and the last thing i want to
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say is i want to thank our san francisco police officers. just like mayor breed has shown tremendous support. i want to thank them as well on behalf of the chief and the department for what they do every day working to help and serve the public and provide public safety in the city. thank you very much. >> i want to thank paul miamoto, but the people who secure i want to thank them for their services as well. with that, i want to open it up to any questions. >> i believe this was a week before thanksgiving. i'm curious if there are plans to services and how they.
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>> well, i think what we've been doing around deescalation for the most part has been working and our police officers have a job to do when they're called to protect public safety. the chief last week showed the video and provided input. it's an ongoing investigation. there will be an independent investigation, but it appears that, you know, the training and what the officers learn to do around deescalation were implemented in this particular case. and so there's an ongoing investigation in this case but at the end of the day, i'm grateful for the work that we have done in san francisco around deescalation and around the ability to identify and work towards a solution in most of these situations and this was an unfortunate situation that occurred, but i think that
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our officers handling themselves appropriately. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> i think it's hard to say because people have struggled with mental illness since the beginning of time. and the fact is we as a society, as a city, as a state, as a country, we have not handled it very well. we are doing the best that we can within the laws that we have. but one very important law that is missing in order to really see and feel the difference has everything to do with force and that means forcing someone into treatment, forcing someone into some cases, you know, a locked
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or unlocked facility based on what their issues are. and so there's a huge push around we don't want to take away someone's rights and i totally understand it. i'm going to tell you right now. i see elderly people on the streets who have dementia. who have no family members. who have no one making decisions for them and then when we take them into our care and we try to get them help and support and make sure they're not outside doing things that they would not normally do if they didn't have dmen can. as soon as they say, i want to go. i don't want to be here we have to honor that and so the system is broken as a whole and needs to be changed. and so we don't necessarily unfortunately have the local jurisdiction to make those changes. we need a change in state law and we need a change in this country about how we address mental illness whether it's those suffering from substance
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use disorder or dementia, schizophrenia and all these other ailments that may impact the mind in a way. my hope is that what we are trying to do is we're trying to manage the situation as best that we can within the laws that we have. we can't force someone to stay in our care. we can't force someone to stay in a treatment bed. we cannot force someone to behave in a certain way. there's a number of layers that go into that and so we are still missing the most important layer to see in a real difference a lot faster in our city.
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you mean sheriff. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> work off duty in the private sector. i think at the end of the day, it's a sad state of what we're living in terms of what we are seeing with these mob style robberies and a number of other the burglaries, the car briek-ins, all of the things that and the people in this city want to change they're not coming back. so it's going to impact our
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bottom line and the ability to pay for all of these problems to help homeless and mentally ill. it's going to impact our city as a whole. so that line of defense with our police department, our sheriff's deputies is going to be critical. a critical piece to helping to maintain safety. that's just what it is. yes, we have our ambassadors. yes, we have different responses to calls that people make to 911. yes, we are trying to make the reforms and to ensure that the appropriate interactions take place with law enforcement in san francisco. but at the end of the day, people want police officers, they want to make sure that our streets are safe and we're going to do everything we can to make sure that they are. and that's part of it. and by expanding the ability for sheriff's deputies to work off duty at these various locations, that's only going to enhance public safety and i am fully in support of that.
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>> reporter: [inaudible] >> i'll let dr. colfax talk about that. we probably won't be able to relax right away. . it means that we don't know just like with covid when it first happened, we didn't know specifically the impacts. we don't know yet, we don't know when it will be in san francisco. but the likelihood it will be here is likely but we are paying for close attention to this. we are working with a number of health experts all over the country and ultimately what has been said time and time again, get your vaccine and do
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everything you can to make sure you are protected. even if we see this is worse than the delta variant, you do have a layer of protection with the existing vaccine, but there may be more needed as well. so we just don't know what we don't know, but as soon as we know, our plan is to make sure the public knows everything that we know. dr. colfax, did you want to add to that? last question. good. >> reporter: [inaudible] >> yes. first of all, let me just say i'm a big supporter of night life and going out in san francisco. and there are rules and number
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of regulations put in place in a number of establishments. number one, you have to have a mask. number three, when you go to the restroom, you have to have a mask and i was in a private area with my drinks, with the people i was with enjoying myself at a venue and i had a great time and i followed the appropriate protocols, and, yes, i was dancing, and, yes, i was drinking and having fun and at the end of the day, i am doing everything i can to follow the existing protocols and i think sadly sometimes these videos are taken out of perspective. i took pictures who wanted to take pictures with me. i am out there in the public not just supporting night life, but out there at our restaurants, shopping at various locations doing what i feel as mayor i should be doing but also as a human being who's been through a global pandemic who did everything i could to make sure that the people of this city were safe which is
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why it's no coincidence we not only have one of the lowest death rates in any major city in the country. so i'm doing my job and i am following these protocolonel colonels. what i've said to people time and time again that we need to do our very best. in a room full of vaccinated people. so that's what i have to say about it. i'm going to continue to support our night life and go out and enjoy myself as someone who is a single woman living in a major city who is having fun, but i want to be clear, i'm not out there making the rules and then not following them. so it is just not fair to try and take a snip of a video which i knew was done by somebody who was at my table and use that as a way to indicate it's something other than what it is doing exactly what i would expect anyone else to do when they're out at a
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night life venue drinking and dancing and partying and having a good time. thank you.
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>> our vice chair is peskin and our clerk is britney milton. please call the roll.
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>> (roll call) we have a quorum. >> commissioner safai is here as well. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you commissioner. madam clerk, i think you have
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announcements for us. >> yes, i will make an announcement about public comment. it will be available for each item on the agenda by calling 415-655-0001. when prompted, access id 2483 312 4272. and then pound and pound again. once you join, you will be able to listen to the meeting as a participant. to make public comment when the item is called, dial star 3 to be added to the queue to speak. do not press star 3 again or you will be removed from the queue. you will be allowed two minutes to speak. when up, we'll move on to the next caller. calls are taken in the order they are received. turn down the volume of televisions and radios around you. it is best to listen via the public comment line to avoid delay on the livestream of the
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meeting. >> thank you madam clerk. please call item 2. >> final approval on first appearance. the resolution making findings to allow teleconference meetings under california government code. this is an action item. >> thank you madam clerk. do you have -- are you presenting anything beyond -- >> yes, i have a small bit. to continue to meet via teleconference during the proclaimed state of emergency. the agency must make certain findings, the state of emergency and conducting in danger meeting would risk public health and safety. it applies to the transportation authority board for the next 30 days. that is it. >> thank you madam clerk.
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let's open this item to public comment. >> there's no public comment. >> all right. public comment on item 2 is closed. is there a motion to approve this item? moved by ronen and seconded by peskin. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> (roll call)
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we have 11 ayes, the motion passes. >> thank you. please call item 3. >> item 3 chair's report, this is an information item. >> thank you madam clerk. this is the end of the year, we're doing a bit of a recap and remarks are extensive. grab your coffee. settle in. this weekend, commissioner melgar and i joined bay area transit leaders to celebrate the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill with speaker pelosi and representatives. speaker pelosi and representatives underscored what the new $1.2 trillion, including $550 billion in new funding means for the region and state and highlighted the importance of better connecting our rail
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systems within the state and especially the bay area, to address the climate crisis and improve health equity outcomes and create good union jobs. as we gathered in the train station to be in the transit center basement, speaker pelosi made it clear she is particularly wanting to see the downtown rail extension and related investments in the coming year,s. it was a fitting way to cap a productive but challenging year for transit. as you will recall, when we began the year, transit was a precarious state. ridership was at an all time low. over the past 12 months, we have started to recover and there are many positive developments as we move into the new year. together we successfully urged congress and president biden to help save transit and they
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responded passing the cares act and covid relief packages for substantial services across the nation. here at the ta, we held many hearings to talk about muni and bart efforts. i want to thank the board for those important discussions. i am glad to see that all but two muni lines are planning to return next year as part of the mta recently adopted 2022 service plan. and we saw sales tax revenues recover and our vehicle registration and tax revenue. and we were able to put them to good use funding vision zero and bus only lanes and other needed transit system investments.
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thank you to our policy and programming division who worked hard all year with our partners to support a total of $94 million in prop-k allegations and vehicle registration funds to a variety of projects and programs across the city. kudos to partner agencies who focused on essential travelers and helped us stay focus on achieving our goals. i also want to say congratulations on successfully reorienting muni lines, slow streets and delivering key
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projects, second street, jefferson street plaza and signals. thank you commissioners for leaning into capital projects large and small in every district from bike ways in district 10 and neighbor ways in district 4 to 19th avenue enhancements, pedestrian safety and calming improvements in districts 2, 5, 9 and 11. through all of these investments, our finance and administration team has ensured that people can have the highest level of confidence in the stewardship of their tax dollars with the ta earning a certificate of achievement for the fourth year in a row and maintaining the aaa bond rating making the ta one of the highest rated organizations in the state. colleagues, we know we have a lot of work to do next year and
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i'm glad to see the pieces coming together to support that work. this includes the strong partnership with the transbay joint power authority, my pleasure to serve as vice chair this year, including our newly selected executive director. we learned the downtown rail extension project received permission to enter the new starts grant program that sets the project up to apply for funding in 2023. thank you to our executive director and everyone for your dedication to advancing the project. as we'll hear later on in today's meeting, i look forward to speed phase reductions in san francisco thanks to the passage of ab43 this year that the board endorsed and finally allow us to take pedestrian safety into account when setting speed
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limits on local roads. reducing speeds is one of the most important things we can do to save lives and i want to thank mta staff for being proactive in the implementation of the program with the board approving the first seven speed reduction corridors last week, including 24th street, ocean where speeds will be moved from 25 to 20 miles per hour starting in the spring and the next batch being developed now. finally, the region approved a new long range land use, plan bay area. i want to thank my fellow commissioners for their efforts at the regional level and on our ta staff for guiding us toward a planned bay area that included all of our key transportation investments. we have accomplished a lot this
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year with many more projects to come as we develop our san francisco transportation plan and new sales tax plan next year considered by voters in the fall. and i want to thank those serving on the advisory committee, including the chair and vice chair and always thank you to the community advisory committee members. thank you to our production team. appreciations go to our clerk britney milton and excellent behind the scenes operation team. i'm very grateful. i know we all are for the dedication of legislative aides
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in each office. thank you for advancing transportation access across the city and region. and finally, deep, deep and abundant thank yous to our executive director for helping guide us through a challenging year. i will conclude remarks by wishing you all a safe holiday season, happy new year and hope you all can take well-deserved time off during our winter recess. and we should open up my remarks to public comment. >> there's no public comment. >> all right. madam clerk, please call item 4. >> executive director's report. information item. >> thank you very much chair
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mandelman. good morning commissioners and thank you chair mandelman for recapping what was a tremendous year of accomplishment, even despite the challenge that we have all been through with covid. i just want to add to the chair's mention of the event with speaker pelosi, we will be sending letters of course to our other federal deligation leadership who helped us with all of these successes with the infrastructure bill and grant we were able to secure which is highly competitive. yesterday there was a listening session, thinking ahead to 2024 as we work together to weigh in on the bay area's needs and priorities for the state budget surplus. all of the funds will be
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important to get projects matched with local funds and compare to compete for the infrastructure bill funds passed by congress. the listening session was an early look ahead to 2024. there was a focus on maintaining and operating what we have by transit operators and authorities across the region, potentially backfilling regional measure 3 if it is not upheld to the bay area toll program and for bay priorities such as the downtown rail extension and bart and other priorities. other revenue sources on the table other than the sales tax were additional potential sources including a gas tax or road pricing, so there's still many more steps to go on that. but given that some cities are at their sales tax cap, that is
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starting to really start to expand the consideration of what we might see in a couple of years. i also want to thank mtc for helping with the governor's office with the 2013 public employees pension reform act that we mentioned a couple months ago. there's reason for a bit more concern now than in october. the department of labor last month notified california it determined that our labor law passed in 2013 was in violation with their laws and their rules for directing federal transit administration funds to california. if this funding is withheld, it may put at risk approximately $1.5 billion in bay area fta
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grants. the agency employees contribute to the san francisco retirement system, independent of other state wide public pension programs. they have accepted mta's standing and certified the $248 million in american rescue package grant funds this past week. that is a big relief and we're happy for them. but we are still concerned for all the other bay area and california transit agencies. we'll continue to support governor newsom's office. the state of california has filed a motion to stay the determination and to allow the grant funds to continue. we'll support the administration and mtc and keep you posted. so then turning to local issues. last week we joined to celebrate the san francisco department of
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environment's release of the climate action plan. this is a multi year effort led by sf environment and mayor breed announced in a release to quite a bit of good reception, it is a very important piece of work of course to chart a path to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and work towards addressing racial and social equity, resilience and other goals. transportation does represent 47% of greenhouse gas emissions, we want to stay focused on the transportation piece of the solution. 80% low carbon goal by 2030 and aims to increase electric private vehicle fleets to 100% by 2040. rta staff supported development of the land use chapter of the cap and this included a number of strategies that you are
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familiar with, prioritizing sustainable modes and increasing mixed use transit-oriented development and zero emission vehicles and public charging infrastructure. and pricing signals incentives as well to round out that package of strategies. we're happy to support that and we'll be coordinating with them to see if there might be a desire to see a presentation on the transportation strategies in the coming year. school access study is moving forward. there's been the coordination event with the department of children, youth and families and so i want to appreciate those partners in conducting the school access study. there was an event in the past few weeks, several outreach events hosted to understand the transportation issues raised by caregivers regarding the policy
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update and coordination with the district and ongoing initiatives to inform the development of k-5 transportation solutions, especially for the longer distance families who access school and after school activities so working on the school access plan will include ramping up technical advisory committee and outreach late winter and spring. more information on our website. we'll see a lane reduction and
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signal timing changes implemented in january. great progress continues on that front. also new sf state bike cages are being constructed, supported by our transportation fund for clean air sources. the parking facility at thornton hall has received a new secure bike cage and funded this cage along with space for about 120 bikes, we're excited to help students and other members of the community choose sustainable commute mode options and continue to look forward to a second bike cage in 2022. i know commissioner melgar is working on bike access from the bart station and we're happy to support her in that effort. now, turning to up coming out
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reach opportunities and recent activities on november 17th, we hosted a virtual disadvantaged business interview and local business enterprise outreach event with about 80 attendees to meet each other and learn about upcoming contract opportunities with the agency work and following the main presentation, there were opportunities for folks to connect and for more information, we hope people continue to register on our website. now two more updates, our sales tax numbers in september were even more promising than the prior month in august. sales tax revenues in september reached 9.9 million and that was 26% higher than the prior month in august. just about basically met with just a bit of the prior
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pre-pandemic figures in 2019. we're pleased to see that. and we are though going to be monitoring everything closely. we're on track for the fiscal 22 budget. we're not sure what the recent effect of the omicron might be, but we're hopeful we're going to continue the strong upward trend into the new year. and revenue streams that will continue to come in through the holiday season. we'll monitor that and tax revenues through the winter. on the community advisory committee, we are welcoming applicants. there are a couple of -- three openings right now due to two terms. one is seeking reappointment. i believe commissioner ronen has nominated somebody for district 9. we're still seeking districts 5 and 6. we expect to bring an item to
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the board in january to fill some of the vacancies and want to echo the chair's thanks to our committees for tremendous and hard work and input and guidance throughout the year. thank you all commissioners as well for your guidance and support throughout the year and on behalf of our staff, to your staff. all the legislative aides who make time for us, we really appreciate that throughout the year. and we look forward to continued good work and success in the new year. have a safe and happy holiday everyone. thank you. >> thank you. let's open the executive director's report to public comment. >> hello caller, your two
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minutes starts now. >> thank you, if you could just post the executive director's report on the website, i always enjoy reading that. and i was looking for the 2022 meeting schedule and could not find that and if someone could clarify when the next meeting of the board is in january, i would appreciate that. otherwise, happy holidays and thanks. >> thank you caller. hello caller, your two minutes will begin now. >> i listened to the long-winded remarks both by the chair and the executive director. all i have to say is that we need to include the data when it
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comes to climate change, when it comes to -- anyone can talk the talk. we need to walk the walk. and some of you all have been in the same place for too long. we need a change. we need people who can really think outside the box. thank you very much. >> thank you caller. >> when is our first meeting in january? >> i believe it is the 11th. it should follow the bos board of supervisors. >> that is correct, january 11th.
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>> great. thank you. all right madam clerk, please call item 5. >> item 5, the minutes of november 7th, 2021, meeting. this is an action item. >> let's open it to public comment. >> there's no public comment. >> public comment is closed on item 5. a motion to approve the minutes? moved by vice chair peskin. a second? seconded by chan. thank you. madam clerk, please call the roll. >> (roll call)
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the minutes are approved. >> clerk, please call our consent agenda item. >> the consent agenda, items 6-8. these are now before the board for final approval. staff is not planning to present but is available for questions. >> thank you. is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? moved by peskin. a second? >> preston second.
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>> madam clerk please call the roll. >> (roll call) approve we have 11 ayes.
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>> please call item 9. >> item 9, san francisco severe injury traffic trend. from 2011 to 2020. this is an information item. >> thank you madam clerk. i think we have seth pardo and devan morris here. >> hello supervisors. i'm seth pardo and the new director for centers of data science at the department of public health. we're here to present a slide deck on the vision zero strategy and severe injuries. while this report is -- we have included e-scooters. devan morris primarily works data systems integration between the police department,
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department of public health and mta, including our trans based data set and helping with our linking while we search for a new vision zero epidemiologist. i thank him for being here with us today. >> i'm devan morris and i will be presenting the injury report. i want to give a shout out and thank you to our former vision zero epidemiologist who is pursuing her doctorate at
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stanford. and thank her for crunching all this data. so, zuckerberg sf general is the only trauma one level in san francisco. if you are severely injured in san francisco, you should be taken to zuckerberg general. it is owned and operated by the department of public health that gives us access to data, something no other city or county currently uses. we have an advantage here. in the report, our definition of a severe injury, anyone who is admitted to the hospital overnight. in addition, if an individual has a score greater than 15, they are considered critical injury in the data set. iss is a measurement of injury across all bodily regions with a higher iss score indicating a longer hospital stay and higher
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likelihood of dying. both definitions are consistent with other health organizations including the world health organization and department of public health. in all the charts, critical injuries are a subset of severe injuries. in addition, our data from s general includes those injured on freeways within the city of san francisco. march 20th 2020 the first stay at home order. given the unprecedented nature and disruption that has occurred over the past 20 months, i highly advise that anyone using this data use caution when comparing 2020 data to previous
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years. both significant increases or decreases in severe injuries could be short term as life slowly returns to normal or not. throughout the presentation, i'll try not to compare 2020 to previous years given how different that year was. i will only be showing data from the trauma registry from 2015 forward. late 2014, new guidelines came out that caused a fluctuation in the numbers due to how people are being counted as admitted to the hospital. numbers back to 2011 can be found in the pdf report on the vision zero website. we can see the total number of severe injuries have declined from 2018 to 2019.
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it is interesting to note, the police data is moving in the opposite direction, 2019 is their higher year of recorded severe injuries. this shows the benefit of having two different data sets for comparison. the police definition of severe injury is different than the trauma registry and it comes from the chp 555 crash manual. in 2020 we saw large declines in both zuckerberg general and police numbers of severe injuries, however critical injuries have remained relatively flat during six years, even during the pandemic. big picture, overall we're seeing a slight decline in severe injuries. sf general over the last two years but critical injuries have unfortunately remained flat.
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looking across different transportation modes, people walking continue to make up about a third of severe and critical injuries seen. we have continued to see a decline in the proportion of people injured in motor vehicles and critical injuries and people on bicycles and motorcycles continue to comprise a similar proportion of severe and critical injuries compared to previous years, about 20% each, a notably higher share to overall number of trips in the city. so total number of pedestrian severe injuries have been flat apart from 2020, we saw a fairly significant decline. however critical injuries have remained flat year to year, even during the pandemic.
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for bicyclists, there was a large drop off in 2019 for severe injuries but gone back to the previous trend in 2020. we're not sure why, as far as we could tell it was just a different year. unlike pedestrians we did not see a decrease in pedestrians and critical injuries for cyclists and pedestrians have remained mostly flat over six years. for motor vehicles, we have seen year after year declines after peaking in 2017 and same with pedestrians, decline in severe injury during the pandemic but critical injuries have also
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remained flat. severe injuries to people riding motorcycles have decreased but remain in the historic range. like bicyclists, there's no noticeable decline in severe injuries during the 2020 pandemic and critical injuries mostly flat over the last six years. so in 2018, zuckerberg general started tracking injuries with electric scooters. the 2020 data shows we had five severe injuries, four were critical. and 2020 was the first year on record we saw two people die riding an e-scooter and one person in 2021 has died. this may indicate that e-scooters are a particularly vulnerable mode of transportation. so you can see critical injuries are making up a larger proportion of injuries seen over
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the last few years we have e-scooter data for. so next steps, one of the things the department of public health does with the data, a linkage between a patient record at sf general to police crash report record as part of the traffic injury surveillance system. each data set has advantages and disadvantages. from the trauma registry we get a lot of outcomes but not necessarily what caused the crash. and the police have a lot of information about how the crash happened but generic injury categories determined by a police officer who is not a medical professional so we get a lot more rich information when we apply both of them, how it occurred, what were the medical outcomes and costs associated with the injury.
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there's a subset of records that don't match to police records. so, it could be that someone didn't call an officer when they were involved in a crash or taken to the hospital before a crash report was filed or solo bike crash, the person was unsure that they had to contact the police or maybe people don't want to go call the police. so this combined data set will go to update the network and my hope is to have that work done sometime early next year. that is my slide deck. thank you for listening. if you have questions, let me know. >> colleagues, comments or
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questions? we can open this for public comment. >> there is no public comment. >> all right. public comment on item 9 is closed. thank you for your presentation and it will inform our consideration of item 10. all right. >> thank you. >> madam clerk, please call item 10. >> item 10 is the vision zero action strategy update, an information item. >> all right. and here we have tom mcguire and ryan reeves. >> good morning commissioners. good morning supervisors. i'm going to give a quick introduction to ryan to talk about the next vision zero action strategy. the only thing i want to say is thank you to you and thank you to all of the advocates who
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might be present. this strategy very much reflects some strong feedback we got from all of the stakeholders in the city, which you as supervisors and commissioners are key stakeholders. it has strengthened the work product you're going to see from ryan and clarified our approach to how we deal with legislation, transforming the city streets and working with the transportation authority is a key part of the projects and working with supervisors as key supporters. you'll hear about strategies to manage and control speeds and areas where we have work to do in sacramento and hear about increasing the pace of project delivery, something near and dear to many of our hearts. nothing more to say beforehanding the microphone over to ryan reeves who has done tremendous work to make this a
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more aggressive vision zero policy. >> good morning. i'm the vision zero program manager and i'll share an update today on the vision zero action
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strategy. we were last at the board this summer and we heard your input. we're excited to share today the plan that was released last month by the mayor's office which will reflect the input you shared with us. this plan was developed based on outreach with a range of stakeholders, including the community and -- it pushes us
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forward to develop a bold and ambitious strategy to get to zero. when we look at other cities outside of the u.s., we know it will require a major shift in policy, politics and resources. we know we need legislative authority for things like pricing and increased housing density across the region. we know vision zero is possible and we have more work to do. so i'll walk through some of the changes we have made since we last met with you and commitment with the network. we have over 80 miles of safety improvements that are completed or in the planning or construction phase. we're committed to using the quick build toolkit, about 20 quick build projects to complete all of the remaining miles. we're excited about the recently
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approved funding from the ta board to move forward another set of quick builds. in addition to this, a need of about 5 million per year planning to identify for upcoming capital improvement plans. so this commitment is a significant increase over previous years. completing about 20 projects a year means we're committing to increase them about 200% since the program started in 2019. significantly scaling up the commitment for safety improvements on the network. and we have updated the strategies to reflect our work to build out the network by 2024. the san francisco bicycle plan
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will be building out a more significant plan in the next few years and it's a network that reflects the progress we can achieve by 2024 to support the shift to get to zero. updated strategy reflects the new authority to lower speed limits under assembly bill 43. less than a month after ab43 was signed by the governor, we put forward a proposal for initial speed limit reductions. ab43 allows us to reduce speed in business activity districts starting in january and in 2024, on corridors with the highest rates of crashes. we put together this map that is included in the action strategy that shows the streets that are eligible now for reduction under ab43 as business activity
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districts. we're working to use the new authority and we have the first seven locations shown in red that were approved by the board last week and will be getting implementations in early january. the new strategy describes the fee management plan we have committed to. we're going to build out the comprehensive plan to reduce speed limits and list the tools like education and outreach, reaching out to communities about the plans to reduce speed and engaging with our police department on high visibility enforcement which we know is effective and does not result in racial despair advertise and pairing this with our traffic calming work.
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we committed to updating all the network intersections with core safety improvements where appropriate. so lighting, crosswalks. we also updated the commitment to completing the day lighting work one year ahead of schedule as well. finally, we've updated the metrics and progress reporting. we'll report on metrics for the quick build project, about 20 per year annually and report on injury trends every two years, building on the data that was just presented and we'll report on safe streets project annually. so we really appreciate the ta board's commitment to the work and the calls from advocates and community to push forward for an
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ambitious plan and we're moving forward urgently to implement the tools. i'm happy to take any questions. >> thank you. do colleagues have comments or questions? commissioner melgar? >> sorry, couldn't get in the chat quick enough. so thank you so much for the presentation, that is really helpful and helpful to hear the commitment to increase the number of projects in the future. something i have never understood, how these projects are selected by staff and put forward for approval. so, you know, i understand the high injury corridors and the equity zones. that sometimes it overlaps and sometimes doesn't with areas
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where there are vulnerable populations -- seniors, people with disabilities, children. so i'm wondering if we can talk a little bit about that. i'm particularly interested in playgrounds and school zones as well as senior centers, community centers, places with a lot of folks in wheelchairs. and the other thing i'm wondering if you can talk about, recent state legislative efforts to empower localities to slow down. and what has passed and what is in the works in how you think it may help you accelerate the efforts in a way that make sense. >> sure. i'll invite jamie park to join
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for quick build and i can start with the recent legislation like you mentioned. so bill 43, signed into law by the governor will start in january. we proposed a set of seven corridors for initial speed limit reductions under ab43. we're going to start implementation in january and able to complete about two per month. we'll be completing the first seven by april. and the map that i showed, we also showed about 20 or so additional corridors that are eligible for speed limit reductions under ab43 but require additional work with engineers to go out and confirm
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they need public requirements. as an example, half of the land use on a street must be commercial in order to meet the criteria. we're going to have our engineers go through and confirm the eligibility. we're planning to bring forward the next step of supposed location under ab43 next year and working with the state process to ensure that the definition of safety corridors really reflects the context within san francisco and that additional authority to reduce speed limits will be available to us in 2024. >> thank you. good morning commissioners.
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again, jamie park liveable streets director with sfmta. the question about selecting the quick build projects. a couple different components to that. so, first, i think it is important to note as ryan mentioned, our commitment is to complete the quick build across the entire network. it's not really a question of where we're going to do quick build, more how we sequence them. we have a commitment to do it with our toolkit. in terms of selecting projects for funding for the program to date, including the projects that were just approved by this board, often we really look to previous community plans where we have a good idea of what is needed based on community planning effort. whether that is the one done earlier this year or bayview done in 2020 that informed three
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or four quick builds or working with the tenderloin community. we do try to use task planning efforts wherever we can. the other thing we look to, coordination, opportunities, particularly if there's a construction or paving project that is going to work in the area, there may be an opportunity to combine that with the quit build. in addition to quick builds, i want to mention we have a lot of other capital programs that we do. specifically around schools, we have a schools traffic engineering program that funds -- we have installed all the 15 mile per hour zones and funds traffic engineering for schools >> we have a traffic engineer
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that can help them sort out loading, move the white zones around at the signs and we'll work with specific school communities and walk around the school and identify safety challenges and potential solutions. for senior centers -- >> i'm sorry -- through the chair, i just wanted to ask you about that. so, i'm not sure that folks in the school s are aware of these. is this on a demand basis, if a school administration wants the services, they reach out to you or is it proactive, you know process where you have a list of the schools that have had the worst issues and you take them in priority? >> it's a little bit of both. so for the traffic calming work, that is a proactive program. we are working across all of the schools in san francisco to put
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speed humps wherever appropriate. that is a proactive program we're simply doing. the engineering support is sometimes proactive but often request-based. we work closely and they have a coordinator who funnels transportation requests to us. it is mostly requested, though we may in some circumstances try to address specific issues we have observed. and we run the schools crossing guards program and sometimes we get notice from one of them that triggers something because they're out on the streets watching things. and then quickly, to finish up, i wanted to mention our proactive traffic calming program, which is something we worked closely with dph on to
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target speed slowing measures in areas with seniors and communities of concern. so a lot of mapping of areas that have high concentrations of seniors. we have worked through the program now in the area where we have installed traffic calming around the senior center there. we have done it in other areas and we have an ongoing project. (please stand by...)
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in motorcyclefatalities . and not something that we receivedgrant opportunities to be able to do motorcycle safety work with the community and the police department .another example is the data that we've seen around turns , the prevalence of left turn injuries. we highlighted a left turns program that was recently
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released and announced, paired with education outreach and we are committing to increasing those left turn traffic pilots for the city so we use the data from our department to inform where we are focusing our resources. in terms of looking at the other cities i think you're right . there are citiesacross the rest of the world that are making more progress . but it is really with tools that we don't currently have the capacity or the authority for here in san francisco. so there's safety cameras, it's really a key tool that we know we need to make a difference that we see in other cities that have been able to use that have seen a bigger shift in their turning. we also know that we need strobe light congestion well as bold and
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ambitious street design that we've seen in the cities that you mention as well. i think the strategy really says that there are these shifts that are really needed. so i'll just see if director mccormickhas anything he wants to add as well . >> i do appreciate the question commissioner. i think if i think back to 2014 when we adopted the vision zero strategy which started at the mta we had a lot of different expectations about how we would achieve this goal. we were thinking about networks, thinking of digging up all the streets and pouring concrete and coming up with a permanent final plan for those
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streets that are very time-consuming and get to a couple of miles a year so to visit to what ryan discussed about shifting towards these bills, it gets us more safety tools out to more neighborhoods faster. also, a lot of those safety toolswere experimental in 2014 and not proven . so embedded in all the engineering aspects of the strategy is a real learning from where we've been. you'll also see some stuff that we really do genuinely think we would have achieved by now and safety cameras is the biggest one. that 20 mile per hour speed limit purview, it's a consolation prize it's a great tool and we're going to hit the ground running with that in january but where eight years into our strategy . eight years into our commitment but we're trying to suppose we would have a gold
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banner of steve's feet safety cameras and instead it took us eight years to's still the source of lowering speed limits andcommercial zones but it's nowhere near the statewide law that we would have hoped . jamie and ryan and i talked to our colleagues in other cities all the time. the unfortunate thing about the last two years is we've backslid badly on traffic safety. countries can experience something like 4000more traffic deaths this year than we would have in 2018 and 2019 . and that's just some out in the contextof coded , there'sa lot of reasons for that . i think one of the big issues is people starting to shun public transportation so that's why it's such an important part of our strategy but you said in your question commissioner would it be worse were we not
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doing this? i believe it would be worse. we basically held steady achieved a couple of years of dips at a time when most other cities even cities that adopted vision zero have seen their fatalities increased. it's just an honest answer of where we're at. >> why don't wesee what the public has to say. let's open item 10 to public comment . >> clerk: hellocolor, your two minutes will begin . >> caller: my name is chris rhodes and i live in cole valley. i want to speak as an emergency physician as well as a survivor of an alexa turningcrash and i want to reiterate the importance of the work that you're doing today . i want to thank the sf mta staff for listening to the public and i think there's a real positive commitment to safety in today's plan and also this discussion eliminates the
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difficulty inaddressing traffic related injuries and deaths . i asked the commissionersto make the project in their district the strongest as possible . mostly i want to share as someone who treats the results of and was the victim of a big killer accident in san francisco i have strong feelings on the topic. every day for four years i rode my bike over hills and through our vibrant neighborhoods insan francisco on my way to training . every minute i felt connected to the community that i was on the street and these are the people i devoted my life to helping. i love our city streets there wasn't a day that went by where i wasn't also afraid my life was in danger as part raised by me telling me to get out of the road. as a native new yorker i have a
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thick skin to these things and it wasn't enough to deter me from the happiest part of my day on my way to work i found myself unfortunately on the street with members of our wonderful sfcommunity who decided something had to be done to protect our commuters across the city . i was riding my bike down arguello and was hit by a car making a left-hand turn. subsequently had to be treated at the emergency department by my friends and family.the saddest part is despite the months of rehab and work that went into trying to get better was that every day ... >> clerk: thank you color. time is up. >> caller: thank you. >> president: we should reiteratethat public comment is 2 minutes .
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>> my name is monique seamus andi'm an emergency physician as well .i live in west portal and i work at pfizer. i want to thank you for listening to us . it sounds like emergencies are at the. in this area.which is really, i support the last caller. i'd like to my emergency department as well and it's scary out there . i'm also a parent and i let my children ride their bikes to preschool in the city and i can't even really consider it . i really also asked the president of the san francisco society i urge you guys to act fast and decisively. i think probably constricting quick build and every single high entry street is the best thingwe can do to make sure no
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more people die . as we heard from the last caller and from my own persona experience, many people died but so many people are injured and disabled and these things take years to recover from the cost to society are huge. so thank you so much for working on this issue. we really appreciate it . >> thank you color. hello color. your two minutes will begin now. >> good morning chair and commissioners. my name is katie renown and i live in district 6. and the vice president of the mission bay neighborhood association and our organization has been very active in the vision zero effort. thank you so much for your support of our work. i'm here today to ask for your
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continued support as we tackle these crashes and the misery they cost. for me it is personal. i entered the pedestrian safety effort back in 2004 when i walked home from lunch to find my neighbor in the street where i lived. she had been hit while crossing on a greenlight , walking in the crosswalk in broad daylight. and the dangerous behavior of driverscontinues . we must stop it. we must create plan to manage speed. we know this is the top cause of crashes so let's make it a priority. we must also construct builds on all thesingle high injury corridors . the sooner the better .again, on a personal note, i use a walker these days and afraid to cross that many intersections i
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can now truly empathize with those who use any sort of device to assist them. i love san francisco and i feel a dutywalking around as to hundreds of others . please continue tosupport our vision zero efforts . >> clerk: thank you. hello, caller. your two minuteswill begin now . >> caller: my name is jody majerus and i'm executive director and as we heard this morning from several speakers and on the city's agencies, due to severe injury report we are still facing a disturbing trend
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that 10 people a week are being sent to the hospital at hospital and 30 people annually lose their lives because of our city's dangerous streets. i want to thank the commission forengaging with the vision zero coalition and asking mta for a more ambitious planfor the vision zero action strategy . we've come a long way from this initial summer draft . thanks to the mta team forbeing willing to go out of their comfort zone because this plan represents the most important traffic safety solutions for san francisco streets . especially the plan back and done within months and be more expensive than the full buildout. the agency's commitment to management couldn't come soon enough because we know speed is the number one determinant person lives or dies the vision zero coalition is there to help shape the speed management plan. this addresses every high-energy koren are within four years and is the critical
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opportunity to repurpose those spaces for faster transit, less dangerous speeding and for people of all ages to get around. active transportation network which was not in the original draft, this is what we all dream about.traffic on the streets that can be run safely. not only for the document but foryou to be begging for this project in each of your districts because of the success of the action plan depends on your support . lastly we ask for your support foradditional tools that will not put the full capacity including red light cameras, left turns and street state projects to build on the success of quick build . thank you so much. >> hello, your two minutes begins now.>> thanks for
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taking my call. myname is drew banking, district 7 resident . just
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>> president: i believe the director will be going into further in the new year. we are prepared to go into closed session if that's the desire of this body but we don'thave to are there questions or anycommissioners who would like to go into closed session on item number 12 ?seeing on , thenlet's call the roll on this item .
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>> clerk: we have 9 aye's. >> president: thank you madam clerk. please call item 13. >> clerk: item13 . the annual compensation for the executive director for 2022. this is an actionitem . >> president: colleagues, on this item the personnel committee recommended above a 4.5 percent increase to the executive directors compensation after considering compensation for similarly situated executives at other transportation agencies and looking atincreases that folks within the ta have gotten over the last year . director chan, a first-class human being has requested that we reduce to four percent in light of economic conditions and i am inclined to grant her request although that would
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require a motion and second by this board. and so i will make that motion and second it. >> i want to thank our executive director for that more than a gesture as well as for her service and thanked the members of the personnel committee for what i thought were very good and mature deliberations in closed sessio . >> president: we should take public comment on this item since we are changing the personnel committee recommendation so let's open item 13to public comment .>> clerk: we are reminded public comment isfor item 13 . public comment is on item 13 at this time.
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hello caller, your two minutes will begin now. >> david fill help again. i have a comment on item 11 that wasn't taken you asked for public comments on item 12. i don't have anything on item 12 but can we go back to item 11? we may need to rescind because i have a comment on the last resultsclause . >> president: let's hear from our next speaker. >> i also have a comment on item 13 so how do you wishto proceed ? >> president: youshould make your comments on item 13 now . >> i commented last year on the director's performance and compensation , i in general support compressing salary ranges with a higher minimum wage in the world and a lower maximum wage . so accordingly i oppose today's proposed increase when it'sfour
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or 4 and a half percent . without regard to director james, i agree excellent performance. that's my comment and when do you want me to comment back on item 11 ? >> president: let's hear from the next speaker. >> clerk: there are no more colors. >> president: public comment is closed. as i said earlier the personnel committee took public commenton the other items that were before the personnel committee and the only reason we took public comment on item 13 is we weremaking a change from recommendation of the personnel committee . there's been a motion and a second. and madam clerk , that is a motion to increase the directorscompensation to four percent ratherthan 4.5 percent .
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madam clerk, please call the role . >> clerk: [roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] we have 11 aye's. to amend the resolution to 4.5 percent passes.
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>> thank you madam clerk and members of the personnel committee. thank you director chang and thank youcolleagues andplease call item 13 . >> just a reminder to the clerk to please call a vote on the item as amended . >> i will move theitem as amended . >> president: i will second that. madam clerk, call the role. >> clerk: onitem 13, commissioner chan .[roll call vote] >>. [roll call vote] we have 11
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aye's, the motion passes. >> president: please call item 14. >> clerk: i think the executive director. >> i wanted to thank you very much, it's a pleasure and privilege to serve. >> president: thank you. director milton. please call item 14. >> introduction of new items, this is an information item. >> president: anybody have new items? all right. madam clerk, please call item 15. >> clerk: item 15 is public
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comment. >> president: let's open our general public comment . >> clerk: we have one color. your two minutes will begin now. >> caller: i'm revealing rule 3.26 of the transportation authority regarding public comment which does provide that public comment is not taken before the board on an item that was previously considered by committee not substantially changed but i believe that runs afoul of the brown act which only applies that provision to the board of supervisors and not to other entities so i believe there's a conflict between that rule and the provision of the brown act . regardless the comment i would
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have me on the subject of item 11 on the juneteenth holiday is in theresults clause for that item . result thetransportation authority hereby amends resolution 90 14 to add observed juneteenth as an annual observed holiday the word observed is surplus and should be removed from the results , having no material change to the meeting of that resolution. in addition i would ask the staff to post the personnel manual of the authority on the web under about us governing policies , perhaps noting that the personnel manual is not conducted by this board but is adopted by the executive director and i'm assuming that personnel manual will be appropriately updated to include the juneteenth holiday that you've just recognized. thank you for listening today.
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>> clerk: thank you caller. there are no other colors. >> president: thankyou public comment on this item is closed . i'm going to ask that our clerk and council and director look at our resolution on juneteenth and make sure it all makes sense and there's not any clerical cleanup that needsto happen . madam clerk, please call our next item. >> clerk: item 16 is adjournment. >> president: we are adjourned everybody. have agood holiday and new year . >> thank you, you as well.
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>> everything is done in-house. i think it is done.
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i have always been passionate about gelato. every single slaver has its own recipe. we have our own -- we move on from there. so you have every time a unique experience because that slaver is the flavored we want to make. union street is unique because of the neighbors and the location itself. the people that live around here i love to see when the street is full of people. it is a little bit of italy that is happening around you can walk around and enjoy shopping with gelato in your hand. this is the move we are happy to provide to the people. i always love union street because it's not like another commercial street where you have big chains. here you have the neighbors. there is a lot of stories and the neighborhoods are essential.
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people have -- they enjoy having their daily or weekly gelato. i love this street itself. >> we created a move of an area where we will be visiting. we want to make sure that the area has the gelato that you like. what we give back as a shop owner is creating an ambient lifestyle. if you do it in your area and if you like it, then you can do it on the streets you like..
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>> my name is angela wilson and i'm an owner of the market i worked at a butcher for about 10 years and became a butcher you i was a restaurant cook started in sxos and went to uc; isn't that so and opened a cafe we have produce from small farms without small butcher shops hard for
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small farms to survive we have a been a butcher shop since 1901 in the heights floor and the case are about from 1955 and it is only been a butcher shot not a lot of businesses if san francisco that have only been one thing. >> i'm all for vegetarians if you eat meat eat meat for quality and if we care of we're in a losing battle we need to support butcher shops eat less we sell the chickens with the head and feet open somebody has to make money when you pay $25 for a chicken i guarantee if you go to save way half of the chicken goes in the enlarge but
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we started affordable housing depends on it occurred to us this is a male field people said good job even for a girl the interesting thing it is a women's field in most of world just here in united states it is that pay a man's job i'm an encountered woman and raise a son and teach i am who respect woman i consider all women's who work here to be impoverished and strong in san francisco labor is high our cost of good ideas we seal the best good ideas the profit margin that low but everything that is a laboring and that's a challenge in the town so many people chasing money and not i can guarantee everybody this is their passion. >> i'm the - i've been
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cooking mile whole life this is a really, really strong presence of women heading up kitchens in the bay area it is really why i moved out here i think that we are really strong in the destroy and really off the pages kind of thing i feel like women befrp helps us to get back up i'm definitely the only female here i fell in love i love setting up and love knowing were any food comes from i do the lamb and that's how i got here today something special to have a female here a male dominated
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field so i think that it is very special to have women and especially like it is going at it you know i'm a tiny girl but makes me feel good for sure. >> the sad thing the building is sold i'm renegotiating my lease the neighborhood wants us to be here with that said, this is a very difficult business it is a constant struggle to maintain freshness and deal with what we have to everyday it is a very high labor of business but something i'm proud of if you want to get a job at affordable housing done nasal you need a good attitude and the jobs on the bottom you take care of all the produce and the fish and computer ferry terminal and
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work your way up employing people with a passion for this and empowering them to learn >> ♪♪ ♪♪ we are definitely pioneers in airport concession world a world of nationally if not entirely or internationally >> everybody is cop us right now. >> the people that were in charge of the retail this is where that began. >> i didn't think we would have a location at the airport. >> we've set the bar higher with the customer commerce. >> telling me about the
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operator and how you go about finding them and they get from being in the city to being in the airport. >> so first, we actually find a table and once we know what we want a sit-down we go to the neighborhoods in san francisco and other people seminary of the retail let us know about the rain water and are excited to have the local operators in the airport. >> we have to go going through the conceive selective process and they award a lease to the restaurant. >> they are planning on extending. >> we that you could out the china and the length evens and the travel serve and fourth your
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minds and it's all good. >> how long for a vendor to move through the process. >> i would say it could take 80 up to a year from the time we go out to bid until they actually open a restaurant. >> i don't know what we signed up for but the airport is happy to have us here. and, you know, even taking out the track simple things there's a learning curve >> with once we're here they are helpful. >> it's an award-winning program. >> we're prude of your awards we have won 11 awards the latest for the best overall food address beverage program and . >> like the oscars (laughter). >> the professional world. >> tell me about the future
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food. >>al look fo a city like no other, san francisco has been a beacon of hope, and an ally towards lgbtq equal rights. [♪♪] >> known as the gay capital of america, san francisco has been
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at the forefront fighting gay civil rights for decades becoming a bedrock for the historical firsts. the first city with the first openly gay bar. the first pride parade. the first city to legalize gay marriage. the first place of the iconic gay pride flag. established to help cancel policy, programses, and initiatives to support trans and lgbtq communities in san francisco. >> we've created an opportunity to have a seat at the table. where trans can be part of city government and create more civic engagement through our trans advises our office and the mayor's office. we've also worked to really address where there's gaps across services to see where we
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can address things like housing and homelessness, low income, access to small businesses and employment and education. so we really worked across the board as well as meeting overall policies. >> among the priorities, the office of transgender initiatives also works locally to track lgbtq across the country. >> especially our young trans kids and students. so we do a lot of work to make sure we're addressing and naming those anti-trans policies and doing what we can to combat them. >> trans communities often have not been included at the policy levels at really any level whether that's local government, state government. we've always had to fend for ourselves and figure out how to care for our own communities. so an office like this can
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really show and become a model for the country on how to really help make sure that our entire community is served by the city and that we all get opportunities to participate because, in the end, our entire community is stronger. >> the pandemic underscored many of the inequities they experienced on a daily basis. nonetheless, this health crisis also highlighted the strength in the lgbtq and trans community. >> several of our team members were deployed as part of the work at the covid command center and they did incredit able work there both in terms of navigation and shelter-in-place hotels to other team members who led equity and lgbtq inclusion work to make sure we had pop-up testing and information sites across the city as well as
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making sure that data collection was happening. we had statewide legislation that required that we collected information on sexual orientation and our team worked so closely with d.p.h. to make sure those questions were included at testing site but also throughout the whole network of care. part of the work i've had a privilege to be apart of was to work with o.t.i. and a community organization to work together to create a coalition that met monthly to make sure we worked together and coordinated as much as we could to lgbtq communities in the city. >> partnering with community organizations is key to the success of this office ensuring lgbtq and gender nonconforming people have access to a wide range of services and places to go where they will be respected. o.t.i.'s trans advisory committee is committed to being that voice. >> the transgender advisory counsel is a group of amazing
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community leaders here in san francisco. i think we all come from all walks of life, very diverse, different backgrounds, different expertises, and i think it's just an amazing group of people that have a vision to make san francisco a true liberated city for transgender folks. >> being apart of the grou allows us to provide more information on the ground. we're allowed to get. and prior to the pandemic, there's always been an issue around language barriers and education access and workforce development. now, of course, the city has been more invested in to make
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sure our community is thriving and making sure we are mobilizing. >> all of the supervisors along with mayor london breed know that there's still a lot to be done and like i said before, i'm just so happy to live in a city where they see trans folks and recognize us of human beings and know that we deserve to live with dignity and respect just like everybody else. >> being part of the trans initiative has been just a great privilege for me and i feel so lucky to have been able to serve for it for so far over three years. it's the only office of its kind and i think it's a big opportunity for us to show the country or the world about things we can do when we really put a focus on transgender issues and transgender communities. and when you put transgender people in leadership positions. >> thank you, claire. and i just want to say to claire farly who is the leader of the office of transgender
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initiatives, she has really taken that role to a whole other level and is currently a grand marshal for this year's s.f. prize. so congratulations, claire. >> my dream is to really look at where we want san francisco to be in the future. how can we have a place where we have transliberation, quality, and inclusion, and equity across san francisco? and so when i look five years from now, ten years from now, i want us to make sure that we're continuing to lead the country in being the best that we can be. not only are we working to make sure we have jobs and equal opportunity and pathways to education, employment, and advancement, but we're making sure we're taking care of our most impacted communities, our trans communities of color, trans women of color, and black trans women. and we're making sure we're addressing the barriers of the
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access to health care and mental health services and we're supporting our seniors who've done the work and really be able to age in place and have access to the services and resources they deserve. so there's so much more work to do, but we're really proud of the work that we've done so far. [♪♪]
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>> hi everybody. i'm san francisco mayor london breed and it's great to see all of you here today and miguel even dressed up for me today. looking good. i like your hair cut. looking real, real good. first of all, let me just say, this is a long time coming. and i know many of you are apart of the fabric of what makes san francisco great and this l.b.e. program was so important to ensuring